Sec. Clinton, Kerry, Lugar hold press conference in near-darkness

A Wednesday morning press conference in the Senate featuring Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonUSA Today in scathing editorial: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency' Obama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact Trump says Merkel 'great' leader, is 'disappointed' in refugee position MORE, Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman John KerryJohn KerryObama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact Overnight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes No GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral MORE (D-Mass.) and ranking FRC member Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) started out smoothly, but ended anything but.

Appearing before a battery of media 25 minutes late, Clinton began with a cheerful “Hello,” adding that “it’s nice to be back in familiar surroundings” — a reference to her Senate tenure from 2001 to 2009.

Just a few minutes later, however, a power surge knocked out an entire wall of TV cameras trained on Clinton, Kerry and Lugar, sending them into near-darkness. The cameras also lost microphone capabilities, forcing crew members to crawl in front of the podium and place new mics on the podium as Clinton spoke.

One or two camera lights recovered shortly, but cameramen were doubtful that much could be salvaged for broadcasting, later blaming the surge on overloaded power-strips.